In accordance with sections 31AM and 31AO of the Act, the OPR has responsibility for independently assessing all statutory forward planning with a view to ensuring that the plan provides for the proper planning and sustainable development of the area concerned. This includes evaluating city and county development plans, local area plans and variations/amendments to these plans.
Firstly, the OPR provides the relevant local authority with observations and/or recommendations regarding how a plan should address legislative and policy matters.
The relevant local authority must then outline how these observations and recommendations will be addressed, taking account of the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
If an adopted plan is subsequently not consistent with any statutory recommendations, the OPR may issue a notice to the Minister recommending that powers of direction, specified under section 31 of the Act, be utilised to compel the local authority to address the matter.
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